Throughout her 17-year career in the local broadcasting industry, media personality Karabo Ntshweng has proven to be a formidable force. She recently made her weekday radio debut as the host of Early Mornings With Karabo on 5FM every morning between 4am and 6am.
Now, Karabo opens up and shares some tidbits about herself which many may not know about her.
1) Karabo’s Dream Dinner Date Would Include Some Influential People
Karabo admits that if she had the opportunity to host three people, dead or alive, for dinner, her mix would certainly be an interesting one. Her first guest would be author Toni Morrison. “My love for books was largely influenced by her writing so I would love to have some time with her and unpack her stories,” Karabo says. Karabo would also want to host Brenda Fassie and Elon Musk at the dinner. “Brenda would add that extra no-filter sass to the conversation and I’d pick Elon’s brain on his story and tips he’s learned. I am ready to be rich.”
2) Like Many Of Us, Karabo Has Had Some Embarrassing Moments
“Live TV is a beast. So many things can go wrong and you have to go on because you only have one shot in your delivery,” Karabo says. “I’ve had my braids literally start falling off while I was doing a live TV show before. I’ve also had a co-presenter faint live on air and I had to pick up the pieces – and did a really bad job at it.”
3) If Karabo Wasn’t In Media, She Would Have Been An Author
While Karabo loves sharing stories on radio and television, she has always been a fan of the written word and often thought of becoming an author when she was growing up. “I was one of those kids who changed what they wanted to be literally every day. But an author is one of them,” Karabo says.
4) Karabo Is Proud Of The Woman She Is Today
When asked what is her biggest achievement to date is, Karabo explains that she is proud of the woman she has become. “I have invested in myself heavily since I was young. Growing up as a ‘child star’ so many things can go wrong. You see this in Hollywood so often. I am grateful I have surrounded myself with people who ground me.”
5) Karabo’s Dream Gig Involves A Whole Lot Of Travel
While Karabo has dominated the local television and radio space, the star admits that her dream gig would be a travel show with a twist. “Imagine being paid to travel and experience different cultures for a living while documenting it!
6) Nelson Mandela Has Left A Massive Impression On Karabo
The father of our nation, Nelson Mandela, has left a massive impression on so many South Africans – including Karabo. In fact, meeting and interviewing him has been a moment that has continued to inspire her as the years go by. “I was so nonchalant about it when it happened, but as I grew older, I realised what a big deal that was,” Karabo explains.
7) These Three Cities Have Left A Mark On Karabo
As mentioned, the travel bug has certainly bitten Karabo. When asked about her favourite travel destination, Karabo admits that there are three cities which have left a massive impression on her. “I love Thailand for its island vibes and the friendly people, New York City because I’m a sucker for city living and that place is the ultimate city destination and Cape Town because I never ever get tired of how happy my heart is when I am there.”
8) Cooking Is Not Karabo’s Forte
While Karabo has an array of incredible skills, cooking, unfortunately, isn’t one of them. “I really hate cooking,” Karabo says. However, when she does host people, she has a secret weapon that never lets her down – the braai.
9) Her Dream Closet Has Loads Of Sneakers
When it comes to mapping out her dream closet, Karabo admits that she sees a sneaker library with an array of classic and limited edition footwear. “My dream closet includes lots and lots of Nike sneakers and Adidas gear because that’s literally all I wear. In fact, I see myself owning Rainbow’s closet in the series Black-ish. They style her incredibly well.”
10) The Reason Karabo Fell In Love With Radio
While she started her journey on TV, radio has crept its way into Karabo’s heart – and the passion she has for the medium shines brightly through her content. “My favourite thing about radio is realising how similar we all are and how many experiences we actually share,” Karabo explains. “We’re all different and extremely diverse (which is something I love about South Africa so much) but we really are the same in many ways. That’s the best thing about radio, you really get to know your audience.”